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Rooster On The Run In Greenville

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Calls to quiet rooster crowing in Greenville’s Nicholtown are growing louder. Calls to quiet rooster crowing in Greenville’s Nicholtown are growing louder.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

A rooster named Nick is on Animal Control’s ‘most wanted’ list.

Residents living in the City of Greenville’s Nicholtown have been complaining about the nuisance bird, which they say has been roaming free now for two years.

“He wakes me up too early in the morning,” say Bernice Bennett who lives on Glenn Street.

The rooster was abandoned by a former resident of the community.

Animal Control has been trying to catch Nick for several months now.

“He is very hard to catch, but it seems like there has got to be some way to catch a rooster,” says resident Jean Keil.

Keil reached out to 7 On Your Side after losing too many hours of sleep due to Nick’s crowing.

In the City of Greenville, residents can keep both hens and roosters as long as they don’t cause unreasonable annoyance or disturbance to any other people.

Roosters are banned in the City of Spartanburg and the City of Anderson.

Animal Control Officer JoAnne Smythe says roosters have not caused very many issues in Greenville, and Nick is the first rouge chicken they have not been able to catch.

“They are quick and for short bursts they can fly,” Smythe said.

Smythe plans to go out again next week during the evening to catch Nick. It will be a new approach they haven’t yet tried.

“This has been an on-the-job learning experience for us because we are not trained in chickens."

Residents say time is of the essence and they hope Nick will soon find a new home where there is plenty of land to roam free.

Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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